Every 30 minutes an Indian farmer commits suicide. (NYU School of Law, 2011) I aim to unravel the allegations of the largest waive of suicides in history, the involvement of Monsanto, and to offer solutions to this tragedy. My approach uses: 1) examination of India’s economic reform and introduction of Monsanto to the Indian trade market 2) enumerative reasoning of incidences and suicide rates 3) data collected from online journals and published reports. Research suggests that Monsanto made unethical decisions and is liable for deceptive marketing; consequently resulting in unmanageable debt, a low crop yield, and ultimately, suicide of Indian farmers. It is apparent that Monsanto’s focus is profit generation, resulting in monopolistic capitalism at the expense of small Indian famers. India’s government and policy makers need a new approach to ensure human rights are protected; in addition, implement laws that regulate agribusinesses such as Monsanto.
In India, farming is an occupation and a source of income for many families. In fact, India is one of the largest cotton producing countries in the world. (NYU School of Law, 2011). According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the suicide level increased 25% during an entire decade. (ADSI - 2011) Significant amounts of suicides are by Indian cotton farmers. Research suggests that Monsanto made unethical decisions and is liable for deceptive marketing; consequently resulting in unmanageable debt, a low crop yield, and ultimately, suicide of Indian cotton farmers. Monsanto is an agricultural biotechnology company that patents genetically modified (GM) seeds. A GM seed is a nonorganic seed that is modified to withstand pests, droughts, and weeds. According to Monsanto’s website, “If there were one word to explain what Monsanto is about, it would have to be farmers”. ("Who We Are") Monsanto may be “about farmers”, on the other hand, the company has a reputation for lacking...